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Alaska News Nightly: August 8, 2013

August 8, 2013

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Board Votes To Temporarily Close Tenakee Springs School

The Associated Press

A school board in southeast Alaska has voted to close the school in Tenakee Springs for the upcoming school year.

Construction Begins On Fairbanks Youth Homeless Shelter

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Construction of a youth homeless shelter is underway in downtown Fairbanks.  The emergency shelter called “The Door” is the long in works project of local non-profit Fairbanks Youth Advocates.

NTSB Releases Report On Deadly Soldotna Crash

Ariel Van Cleave, KBBI – Homer

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report following the July 7 plane crash in Soldotna that killed all 10 people on board. It does not contain many new details.

Moon Lake Wildfire Grows To 24,000 Acres

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Moon Lake wildfire in the eastern Interior made a large run Wednesday. The Alaska Division of Forestry reports that the fire 24 miles west of Tok, gained 3,200 acres along its northern perimeter. It’s now consumed over 24,000 acres. Ninety-three people are working the wildfire, which started by lightning back in late June. The nearby Tetlin Ridge and Billy Creek fires also grew Wednesday, as hot dry conditions and southeast winds fueled flames.

Record-Setting Pink Run Hits Southeast

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

A huge and record-setting run of pink salmon is hitting Southeast Alaska this summer.

The region’s purse seine fleet has been netting around 8 million pinks per opening in late July and early August. The overall catch for all of last season was around 21 million.

35,000 Sockeye Caught In 1st 6 hours Of Snettisham Fishery

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Fifty-thousand sockeye salmon is the early catch estimate for a 3-day gillnet opening at Port Snettisham and the Speel Arm near Juneau, with 35,000 of those fish caught in the first six hours.

The fishery is targeting sockeye salmon from the Snettisham Hatchery.

Fauske To Concentrate On In-State LNG Line

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

The president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation thinks the future of a small diameter natural gas pipeline in Alaska will be resolved, one way or the other, before his career ends.

Dillingham Dock Damaged, Closed

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

A major point of entry for goods and services into the western part of Bristol Bay has been closed until further notice.

Ketchikan Assembly Chooses Ferries Over Bridge Options

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly decided Monday to back off its longstanding endorsement of a bridge to Gravina Island, and instead opted to support improved ferry service.

Anchorage Assembly Revises Bar ‘Safety Hour’ Law

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

On Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed a new version of an ordinance that allows bars to stay open for an extra “safety” hour so that patrons can filter out slowly. The assembly hopes the new version of the law will increase participation in a program aimed at curbing problems at closing time.

National Guard Cavalry Goes On ‘Spur Ride’ In Kenai

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

Every weekend across the country, service men and women in the National Guard fall in for training drills. Troops with the 1st Squadron 297th Cavalry did the same in Kenai recently, but this wasn’t an ordinary drill weekend.

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